Friday, May 20, 2011

This man is a survivor. Are you?

Imagine you're a bombardier in the Army Air Corps during World War II. On a rescue mission, your plane goes down over the Pacific Ocean, and only you and two others survive the crash. The search plane sent after you doesn't see you, dashing any hopes of a quick rescue. Surrounded on all sides by water, sharks, starvation, and dehydration, you drift for over forty-seven days before spotting land. Finally, you think, grateful that your ordeal is over, but luck is not with you, for it's the Japanese who come to your rescue. You're a POW now. Next stop: Execution Island. Still with me? Good, because this is exactly what happened to Olympic runner Louie Zamperini during World War II, and how he survived this hellish experience is a tale that is nothing short of amazing, brought vividly to life by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand in Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Without question, Unbroken is the best book I have read this year, hands down. It traces Louie's life from his raucous childhood to his career as one of the country's best track athletes, his enlistment in the Army Air Corps and the life-changing events that followed. If you've never met a hero before, you will in Unbroken. And if you've never stopped to count your blessings, this book may inspire you to do just that.

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